Severe Weather Threat Continues for Region 8

NOVEMBER 14, 2005 - Posted at 11:58 a.m. CST; UPDATED November 15, 2005 -- 10:53 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The National Weather Service says the main
threat from storms forecast to move across Arkansas today will be

Forecaster John Lewis of the weather service in North Little
Rock says there is a lot of turning motion in the atmosphere -- and
that unstable air will be where tornadoes generate when a cold
front from the west meets warm air now over the state.

Lewis says a squall line will move with the frontal boundary but
tornadic storms will be out ahead of the line.

Lewis says the greatest threat is for central and eastern

When the storms occur, Lewis says they will be moving fast --
maybe 50 miles per hour. He says the front should have finished its
charge across Arkansas by 4 p.m.

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JONESBORO, AR - The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has outlooked the entire Region 8 viewing area for a slight risk of severe storms for today.  That risk area is upgraded to moderate for overnight tonight and tomorrow.

Storms are already developing to our south along a warm front that will move northward during the day today.  North of the front, the air is stable, but south of the front the air is becoming extremely unstable and will continue to modify as the morning progresses.

Storms developing along the front as it moves northward today will have the possibility to produce isolated tornadoes by early afternoon as they move through northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri.  Large hail and damaging winds are also possible but the attendant threat is mainly from isolated tornadoes.

Tonight, the warm front should be well to our north and we will be deep into the warm sector of the system with a very unstable atmosphere.  The severe threat will decrease slightly overnight as the warm front moves into central Missouri.